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It has been a while since I have posted regularly. That is not to say that I haven’t been indulging in my two favorite hobbies: watching movies/TV shows and reading. Au contraire, I have been very busy in both activities, but I haven’t found much to say about the movies I have watched. Today I’m going to give you brief glimpses into the impressions those movies I have seen lately have made.

Jurassic World (♦♦♦♦): I had to watch this movie twice to really like it. First I saw it and found just OK; not much chemistry between the protagonists, hard to get humor, weak plot…Then I saw Legends of the Guardians co-starring Chris Pratt, with his wry sense of humor, and then I watched Jurassic World again. What a difference that made! The second time around I had a blast. I found it entertaining, funny, and with lots of chemistry between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. A little family drama and lots of cool and mean-looking dinosaurs went a long way!



Fantastic Four (♦♦♦): As you know, I am a superhero kind of girl, but I do like good plots, humor, and very good performances. In my opinion this movie remake lacked all these elements, so I found it very mediocre.







Joy (♦♦♦): Yet another collaboration between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper that just didn’t pan out—this is their fourth, two very good, two mediocre ones. In my opinion it was due to the ambivalence of its genre; the director and screenwriters didn’t settle on just comedy or drama, they went for both and the movie suffered in consequence. Jennifer Lawrence is funny as a crazy lady, a-la Silver Linings Playbook, but not so much as a broke housewife looking for someone to finance her invention.



The Lady in the Van (♦♦♦): A great performance by Maggie Smith, who managed to fill the screen with her charisma every second she got, should have earned her an Oscar nomination. Lots of heart, a cantankerous old lady with unintended sense of humor, an underlying mystery, and great music make this movie a must-see. Why I didn’t like it better? Gosh, I don’t know.



San Andreas (♦♦♦): Sometimes I crave disasters movies, if only as mindless entertainment, and that’s exactly what I got…A devastated state of California due to the mother of all earthquakes, and some family drama thrown into the mix. Don’t expect more than what it is and you might just like it.

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  1. I loved Jurassic World! I have avoided the new Fantastic Four, as I'm not sure we really need another one so soon?!

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    1. I didn't see the others so I can't compare, but I thought this one was very meh.

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  2. I have Joy and The Lady in the Van in my Netflix queue. I do love the Jennifer and Bradley combo even if the movie has flaws so I will see. I feel sort of obligated to see The Lady in the Van, because Maggie Smith! I know this sounds shallow but the best movie I saw lately was The Intern.

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    1. I think it's good that you are going to see them so you can watch for yourself. Who knows?! Maybe you'll like them.
      My rating of The Lady in the Van is sort of misleading because I liked it more than my rating reflects and I recorded my rating long after my impression of the movie had passed; Maggie Smith was excellent in it.
      Well, I liked Pitch Perfect 2, so what does that say about us? Maybe that we have good taste in movies but we aren't movie critics.

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  3. I find myself watching San Andreas whenever it comes on TV now. It's one of my new mindless, in-the-background movies that I can kinda half watch and do something else.

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    1. Yes, I think it's good exactly for that sort of thing. :-)

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  4. Hi Carmen: nice update. Yes I liked The Lady in the Van. It's a small gem & a must-see for Judy! I think I will pass on Joy -- though I was almost curious to see it.

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    1. It would have been nice if you had seen Joy, to compare notes. We tend to agree with our assessments of movies.

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  5. I enjoyed Jurassic World - I don't suppose plot wise it's very original but Chris Pratt is definitely an added bonus!
    Lynn :D

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    1. It was not original,you're right, but Chris Pratt's humor, I believe, made all the difference. 😃

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